What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?


If you’ve ever considered getting counseling or going to therapy, you might be curious about your alternatives. You can overcome illnesses of substance use, anxiety, and depression with the use of numerous different therapy modalities. Fighting mental health illnesses with cognitive behavioral therapy is quite successful. How successful is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), what is it, and how does it work? To find out more about cognitive behavioral therapy.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: What Is It?

Aaron Beck developed CBT in the 1960s, and it has been the subject of much research ever since. It is a very powerful tactic to combat numerous mental health conditions. For the treatment of anxiety and depression in particular, it may perhaps be as effective as or even superior to conventional forms of therapy and medicine.
People who use CBT can reorganize their thoughts and feelings about themselves and their environment. The therapeutic method emphasizes the following areas:
Mental health issues are frequently caused by flawed and harmful ways of thinking.
Negative thought patterns may be unlearned because they are learnt behaviors.
Better coping mechanisms to deal with unfavorable thoughts and sensations can be learned by people with mental health issues through CBT.
Anxious and depressive thoughts and feelings can be reorganized from a negative to a neutral tone, giving someone the opportunity to view the problem (or non-problem) from a different perspective.

What Is the Process of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

We must first comprehend the categories of negative thinking (cognitive distortions) that CBT addresses. Negative thought patterns can resemble the following:
Black and white thinking is the idea that there are only two possible ways to think, act, or behave—typically, they are complete opposites. For instance, success or failure; positive or negative. Because you are viewing yourself through a harsh lens, this is negative thinking.
Generalization: An overgeneralization is when you make a rule for yourself based on one unfavorable experience and apply it to other circumstances.
Blaming oneself for everything that goes wrong is known as personalization. This might occur at work, home, or even while you’re by yourself.
Fortune telling is the practice of thinking you know something will go wrong when you genuinely don’t know what will happen.
If you are able to identify any of these thought patterns, CBT may be a good option for you. You could want to look for a CBT-trained therapist. Trust is a crucial element of effective CBT, thus it’s crucial to locate a therapist you can completely rely on. Your work can start as soon as you locate a therapist who is reliable and compassionate.

How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

First, it’s important to comprehend what kinds of negative thinking (cognitive distortions) CBT aims to correct. The following is an example of a negative thought pattern:
  • Black and white thinking – is the idea that there are only two possible ways to act, think, or conduct, and that these two options are usually polar opposites. For instance, success or failure; good or bad. This type of negative thinking involves using a strict standard to evaluate oneself.
  • Catastrophizing – is the mental process by which little inconveniences become the worst-case scenario.
  • Generalization – An overgeneralization is when you make a rule for yourself based on one unfavorable experience and apply it to other circumstances.
  • Personalization – blaming yourself for everything that goes wrong. This might occur at work, home, or even while you’re by yourself.
  • Fortune telling – is the practice of thinking you know something will go wrong when you genuinely don’t know what will happen.
If you are able to identify any of these thought patterns, CBT may be a good option for you. You could want to look for a CBT-trained therapist. Trust is a crucial element of effective CBT, thus it’s crucial to locate a therapist you can completely rely on. Your work can start as soon as you locate a therapist who is reliable and compassionate.

REFERENCES:
https://www.symptomfind.com/healthy-living/what-is-cognitive-behavioral-therapy?ueid=fd0fd971-926a-4255-b883-9252ea75b4a5

 


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